Art Feature: Royal to the Core

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I hope you’re feeling fancy, because for this month’s aesthetic feature, we’re focusing on royalcore! Recently, I noticed a friend tagging her fashion pictures #royalcore, a term I hadn’t heard before, so I decided to take a deep dive.

If it wasn’t already obvious, royalcore is all about, well, royalty. Think castles, opulent fabrics, crowns, intricate gold detailing, rich jewel tones, or delicate pastels. There are a few different subcategories of the royalcore aesthetic (such as knightcore, princecore, princesscore, kingcore, and queencore, which you can probably picture), but the fun part is that these aesthetics tend to be pared down to be more practical. You don’t have devotees of the aesthetic walking around in full-on suits of armor, for example!

The royalcore aesthetic got a major boost in popularity thanks to the Netflix adaptation of “Bridgerton,” so with the third season arriving soon, I expect we’ll be seeing another resurgence! Overall, the aesthetic tends to focus on royalty from western Europe, but it spans across centuries (be it Arthurian-era royalty or the Tudor period) and has a very romanticized, fairytale feeling to it.

This aesthetic shows up in fashion, interior design, and, of course, art. Some inspirations for royalcore looks include TV shows like “Bridgerton,” “The White Queen,” and “The Borgias,” designs for Disney princesses like Cinderella, Belle, and Sleeping Beauty, films like “Ever After” and “The Princess Bride,” and more!

Bridgerton In the Ball
Autumn's Oath
'Noble heart', Handmade Medieval Crown
Ever After: A Cinderella Story
Debutantes - 2
Raven and Apple
White velvet choker with chains
Commission 4-11-18
In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do. - Gianni Versace
Lavender Fantasy Bridal Crown
Beautiful love
The Souvenir - Master Study
.daphne and simon
Snow Queen
Princess Bride
Carousel Gown
[Close][Set price] Outfit 560+YCH version
Ella Enchanted
I'd like to be queen of people's hearts. — Diana, Princess of Wales
[ CLOSED ]  Adoptable #16
Penelope  Eloise
Ginger queen
Pastel Cherry
Queen #5
Dance with me
queen of tigers
Getting Ready for the Bridgerton Expirenece
Sonne Der Nacht
Royalty is completely different than celebrity. Royalty has a magic all its own. - Philip Treacy

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  • Do you have a favorite time period or fandom focused around royalty?

  • Have you created art that fits into the royalcore aesthetic? If so, share it in your comment!

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I'd like to be queen of people's hearts. — Diana, Princess of Wales

Oh my gosh, my stupid dyslexic butt thought that the quote was:

"I'd like to be the queen of hearts"

And I was fr sitting here thinking--why do you want to be like the villain???? XD